Leadership

Staff

Marty Schoenleber

Marty and Stephnie were married in 1984, while both were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU). Their first 7 years of marriage were spent in San Bernardino, CA where Marty served at the International School of Theology and Stephnie served the Campus ministry and the personnel department. Marty had an administrative post but gradually worked on a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and then a Master of Divinity in Exposition and Teaching and began to lecture at the Seminary. In 1990, Marty was called as a church planter to Illinois to plant “a multi-ethnic church planting church” in the suburbs of Chicago. Over the next 20 years, New Song Church became a church of 23 countries of birth, planted seven churches and grew to about 650 regular attenders. In 2008, Marty left New Song to work as a district church-planting consultant with the Great Lakes District of the EFCA. In 2012, that same district asked him to become the interim pastor of a multi-site church in rural Watseka, IL. And in 2016, Marty left there to become our pastor at Manchester Creek. Marty serves as our primary teacher, vision caster and one-to- one discipleship coordinator. Marty and Stephnie have three children, Meredith Aldrin (husband, Dan), lives in Illinois and serves as the children’s ministry coordinator at a church there. She and Dan have two children. Marty III (wife, Anna) works for InterVarsity Press and is an aspiring writer with two books published so far. Aubre, their second daughter, lives in Illinois as well and currently works for Starbucks.

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Brett Lonadier

Brett and Patricia were married in May of 2012, a week after Brett graduated from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, where they met. Patricia grew up right down the road from Regent and Brett is from Wisconsin. Brett majored in Religious Studies and minored in history while Patricia majored in Christian Ministry and minored in psychology. The first two years of their marriage were spent in northern Mississippi. Brett taught high school English, and Patricia worked for a local business. During this time, they became involved in their local church leading a small group and serving as assistant youth leaders. While in Mississippi, Brett felt God was calling him to leave full-time teaching and pursue pastoral ministry. Patricia’s heart for ministry and counseling grew during this season as well. In June of 2014, Brett and Patricia moved to South Carolina to pursue seminary studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. Brett will complete his Masters degree in Biblical Studies in May 2018. Patricia completed her Master of Arts in Christian Counseling in May 2017 and currently works as a counselor for adolescent males at New Hope in Rock Hill. Brett began at Manchester Creek as the Pastor-Intern of Children’s and Student Ministries in August 2014 and has served children, students and families since that time (along with his wife). Brett and Patricia are currently foster parents as well, planning to adopt their boys, Freddie (13) and Anthony (9).

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Darren Weldon

Darren has served as the Associate Pastor of Worship since August of 2016. Prior to his time at Manchester Creek he served in various churches in the Carolinas as a youth pastor, worship pastor, interim pastor and small group pastor. He and his wife Julie were married in 2003, 6 months after Darren completed a Master of Divinity degree at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. For the past 10 years, Darren has also been working full time as a child and family counselor in Rock Hill. Darren and Julie have one daughter, Kara, who is in the 3rd grade.

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Rachel Ness

Rachel Ness is mother to three children, 18, 14 and 10. She and her husband, Erik, have returned home to Rock Hill after serving for 12 years as missionaries in Tanzania and Kenya. Prior to that, Rachel worked for several years in both foster and adoptive care.

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